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Task Force Estimates US$320 Billion/Year Needed for China's Environmental Targets[viewed]

China's central bank and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the final report of the bank's Green Finance Task Force, which estimates that US$320 billion worth of investment will be needed annually to meet China's environmental targets, and recommends measures to create the incentives for private-sector financing.

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TFM, Technology Assessment in Focus at Post-2015 Event[viewed]

On the sidelines of the fourth session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, participants met for a discussion around 'Rethinking technology,' covering topics such as a technology facilitation mechanism (TFM) and technology assessment.

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Global Soil Week Chair's Conclusions: “Transformation is needed – transformation is possible” [viewed]

In his Chairman's Conclusions to the 3rd Global Soil Week, Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, which hosts the annual event, highlights six areas of “emerging consensus” that can help in raising the profile of “the forgotten resource, soil" on the global political agenda and ensure that soil stakeholders “engage on an equal footing with partners in the sustainability agenda.”

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World[viewed]

In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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IASS Report Addresses the Role of Biomass in the SDGs[viewed]

A report, titled 'The Role of Biomass in the Sustainable Development Goals: A Reality Check and Governance Implications' and published by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), was jointly launched by IASS and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on the sidelines of the Third Global Soil Week in Berlin, Germany.

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IASS Policy Brief Highlights Land and Soil Linkages in Nine SDGs[viewed]

A policy brief by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, titled ‘Grounding the post-2015 Development Agenda: Options for the protection of our precious soil and land resources,' highlights the crucial roles that soils and land will play in achieving at least nine of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and suggests options for monitoring, follow-up, and review of soil- and land-related targets.

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Global Soil Week Side Event Discusses Benefits of Sustainable Rangeland Management[viewed]

A side event convened by partner organizations involved in the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative (ELD) at the 3rd Global Soil Week reviewed preliminary economic valuations conducted in Mali, Jordan and Sudan that quantified the economic costs and benefits of ecosystem services derived from implementing sustainable management practices such as agroforestry, restoration and planned grazing management at the landscape level.

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Seventh Summit of the Americas Addresses Climate, Energy Access, SDGs[viewed]

The Seventh Summit of the Americas met under the theme, ‘Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas,' and discussed education, health, energy, environment, migration, security, citizen participation and democratic governance, among other topics. Addressing the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the region's contribution to defining the post-2015 development agenda and to discussions on climate-related issues. He noted that Caribbean countries have played a particularly significant role in placing climate issues on the global agenda.

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UN-Water Report Highlights Achievements of Decade for Action[viewed]

Significant achievements during the International Decade for Action: Water for Life 2005-2015 include achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water, and declaration of the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation by the UN General Assembly (UNGA), according to a report by UN-Water.

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Member States Open Joint Session on Post-2015 Development, FfD[viewed]

The intergovernmental negotiation process on the post-2015 development agenda convened for a joint meeting with the preparatory process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3). The post-2015 process' fourth session, meeting from 21-24 April 2015, is dedicated to means of implementation (MOI) and global partnership for sustainable development.

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